hapjydeuce (975) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’briens and Toronado, San Diego on multiple occasions. Im liking these one-offs from Sierra! Empire Strikes Black was the shit, and this follows up nicely. Oily black with little head, but decent carbonation. Sweet aroma of dark fruit (dates, plum and cherry) mixed with salty roasted tones. Flavor starts sweet with more cherry and light clove, followed immediately by darker smoke and coffee tones. Thick, coating mouthfeel. Fairly complex. I like it!
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a medium sized, tan head that leaves good lace. Smells dark and roasty with a good bit of coffee and a hint of chocolate sweetness. Tastes of black licorice and sweet, roasted malts. Sweet overall. Medium body, light carbonation.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. It’s a very dark brown pour with nice malty and roasty flavors.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet molasses and roasted grain aroma and taste with molasses hints and a burnt coffee finish.
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown, with off-white head. Dark roasty malts, and small amount of chocolate.. somewhat earthy. This was a disappointment, not much going on here.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ toronado. Deep coffe brown with a small off whit head that turned to nothing. Black cherry, cocoa dust and faint coffee.run of the mill.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap a Pizza Port OB on 5/15/10. I felt bad ordering a not Port brew on my first visit but this looked far to inviting. Turns out after all it is a collaboration so it’s perfect! The appearance is a nice rich brown-black with a small medium brown head. The aromas are full of roasted goodness, chocolate, and hints of burned popcorn. The flavors are all heavy roasted grains at first with dark chocolate notes that build through the drink and really develop into more upfront flavors. Some nice coffee bean notes in there as well. The mouth is fairly full and nicely smooth. Very drinkable and delicious.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
O’Briens SD on draft. Stout Porter blend flavors. Some coco. Nice low carb look but like a macro it carbs up on the palate. Balanced. Almost no alc detected. Touch of coffee and toffee. Some cola flavors. Balanced and slightly sticky. Could be darker roasted to go along with the rich somewhat thick flavors? Imperial porter for sure but not overly complex or creamy. Very cool to try and the 1st to rate!